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I am so immensely sorry that we couldn't deem both of you winners of Top Chef Masters. Your cooking has such finesse and soul, and that's reflective of your character. I truly respect your work, and admire the fact that you tried to bring back Alex Reznick's famous pea puree in the form of a flan. Honestly though, I really am looking forward to dining at your restaurant in New York.
All the best to you and your family,
Thank You Note
To all of the Masters,
I want to sincerely thank you for putting your careers, families, and most importantly your souls on the line to come out and cook not just for me, but for charity. I learned a lot about myself throughout this process -- like why eating poolside with half-naked Playboy bunnies is bad for your self-esteem, or why you shouldn't refer to Sriracha as “cock sauce” when taping for a major network -- and I hope you did too. Keep on cookin'!
This was a delightful blog! Thank you for a well-crafted, funny, but heart-felt recap.
I guess Chris's dinner doesn't seem so audacious to someone whose mother-in-law cooks pigs' feet in cabbage, tripe balls in tomato sauce (the tripe rolled around a stick), and pigeon pie. And goes out to harvest all the young dandelions in the yard for me to mix with other foraged herbs (nettles, linden leaves, ramps). I got the feeling I'd get tired of four courses of this fare, with nary a vegetable in sight. Especially with such a heavy final dish. If they came across as varied and not uniformly leaden, then I guess Chris really is a genius.
Krista - I love your creativity in using the letters to describe the food in the episode and to sum up the season. Thanks for this blog entry!
With all due respect, I will not watch another cooking show that is judged by critics. I know that you critics have sophisticated palates and need to have your palates challenged to show how sophiticated you are, but I just don't enjoy watching that or the results of that kind of judging. The judging of the finale of this show was all about the critics and not about which chef made the most delicious food, which is sad. I did enjoy watching you on the show this year, but not your judging criteria. Best wishes.